11 December 2008
93 year old beekeeper and Meals on Wheels deliverer, Dudley Lorimer, is much more used to being the one dishing out the good stuff. But this Friday, after a lifetime of service to business and the community, Dudley will join ten other great Hamiltonians in receiving a 2008 Hamilton Civic Award.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Simcock says, "There are some outstanding things being achieved in Hamilton. We owe much of it to the invaluable work of many dedicated members of our community. Recognising these exceptional people in our midst is what the Hamilton Civic Awards are all about".
There are a maximum of twenty Hamilton Civic Awards bestowed each year for everything from longstanding involvement in arts and culture to dedication to people, the environment, education, sport and enterprise.
Anyone who has made an exceptional contribution to Hamilton can be nominated for a Civic Award and nominations are considered by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of the city's Community and Environment Committee.
This year eleven awards will be bestowed for outstanding civic service across a range of fields including emergency rescue, theatre, arts and major events, refugee support, sport and business.
The 2008 Civic Award recipients are:
Civic events co-ordinator Lisa Pemberton says, "this year will be the first year that Civic Award recipients will receive the new Hamilton Civic Award. Many year's have passed since the original Civic Award was launched and we felt that it was time to rethink the award to ensure it matched the calibre of the people it is celebrating. We are very happy about the result and the symbolism it draws for the history of the city and the meaning of the awards themselves.
Inspiration for the new solid glass award is taken from the Kowhai tree. Traditonally the banks of the Waikato River were awash with kowhai blossom, and Maori ancestors adorned themselves with blooms to celebrate spring - the season of plenty with the planting of new crops. The nectar of the flower is also the favourite sustenance of the Tui songbird. Importantly Council currently has programmes in place to restore the prevalance of both kowhai and tui in Hamilton.
The 2008 Hamilton Civic Awards will be presented at a civic function at 10am on Friday 12 December in the Hamilton City Council Chambers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Lisa Pemberton
Designation: Civic Events Co-ordinator
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6699
Mobile: 021 472 957
Name: Christine Watson
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6509
Mobile: 021 791 264
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761